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A mum-of-two who has up to a year left to live says her life has been stolen away from her after she was given the heartbreaking news she has terminal breast cancer.

Vicky Fisher said she was “gliding through life” and that she had no idea something was wrong.

She is desperate for women to check the signs before it is too late, and she hopes to raise money to go to Greece in her remaining time.

The 40-year-old said: “If I can stretch it out to a year that would be fantastic. I can’t believe my life has been stolen.”

Ms Fisher, who lives in Market Warsop, was diagnosed in April after she found a lump in her right breast.

She said: “I was gliding through life and had no idea something was wrong with me.

“I keep telling people please check your breasts.

“I would like to raise awareness and act on any abnormalities.

“I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which is quite aggressive and is the worst type of breast cancer you could have.

“My CT scan showed that the lump had spread to my lungs and my liver, I then found out it was incurable.

“I left the hospital and I was absolutely beside myself.



Vicky Fisher and her partner Frazer Smith.
Vicky Fisher and her partner Frazer Smith.

“When I found out it was terminal, I didn’t want to know how long I had so they told my mum.”

When she was ready to hear the news, her mum told her the doctors had said she would have two years to live if she went through immunotherapy and chemotherapy.

However, Ms Fisher’s results showed she wouldn’t respond to immunotherapy, which meant she has months and at most a year to live.

“I had everything, I was in a job I enjoyed, I have a partner and my children,” said Ms Fisher.

“I’ve just been very unlucky.”

She previously worked as a mental health nurse in Mansfield and is now receiving palliative chemotherapy.

She said she felt “dreadful”, saying: “My quality of life has decreased massively, but I have to take it because it is the only thing keeping me alive, it’s so cruel.”

She said she struggled to tell her two sons, aged 10 and 17, as they started to notice the impact of the chemotherapy.

Ms Fisher added: “It was hard to tell them as they started noticing.

“I lost all my hair and they saw that, it was tough.”

An online fundraising page has been set up to help fund her bucket list, which has included going to some Nottingham Forest games.

She and her partner Frazer Smith watched a game recently and were put on the big screen at the City Ground.

Ms Fisher said: “I’ve only been to the last two matches but I’ve absolutely loved it.

“It was so nice with my partner as well, seeing our faces on the screen was great.

“He has been going for years since he was a kid, it meant a massive amount to him.

“I’ve already done a bit of my bucket list, like go to see some musicals and staycations.”

Planning a trip to Edinburgh, Ms Fisher hopes to raise enough money so she can go to Greece – one of her favourite places in the world.

She and Mr Smith, 48, who have been together for two years, met at their workplace.

Mr Smith, who is also a mental health nurse, said: “I met my soulmate and then to find out that things will come to an end is just so unforeseen, it feels like a massive black hole.”

He has been helping his partner since the day she was diagnosed and they have been doing everything on the bucket list together.

He said he always wanted Ms Fisher to go to Forest matches with him, and explained how the club organised for the pair to stay in hospitality in an executive box. They were also featured in the club’s matchday programme.

He added: “A couple weeks ago I got a spare ticket so we went and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I’m so glad she could come to the match, it was really good and quite a special experience.

“It was all organised for us.”

Ms Fisher has raised more than half of her £10,000 goal and is thankful for all the support she’s had.

She said: “It is so nice that people care, I don’t think I would great through this without the support.

“It is such a scary time, but they help me.”

Forest midfielder Ryan Yates and club legend Andy Reid have also pledged their support on social media.

“Me and the rest of the lads are thinking of you both during this tough time,” the former wrote on Twitter.

“Thinking of you guys,” Reds under-23s head coach Reid added.

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